China says it regrets EU's WTO action over patent rights

The World Trade Organization WTO logo is seen at the entrance of the WTO headquarters in Geneva April 9, 2013. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China said it regrets the European Commission’s (EC) complaints to the World Trade Organisation over matters related to European firms’ patent rights.

On Friday, the EC said it would lodge a complaint against China over its “breach of patent rights of European companies,” along with complaints against the United States over its tariffs.

China’s Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) said in a statement published late on Sunday that the country will handle the complaint in accordance with the WTO dispute settlement procedures.

“The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights and adopted strong measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of domestic and foreign intellectual property rights holders,” said MofCom.

Reporting by David Stanway and Wang Jing; Writing by Engen Tham; Editing by Sam Holmes